AHS, a unit of Hy-Tek Material Handling LLC, yesterday said it has partnered with Tompkins Robotics to automate more of its material handling for fulfillment and distribution. The companies said the addition of Tompkins' modular and scalable tSort to Hy-Tek's suite of services will support streamlined processes, improve employee productivity, and maximize the return on investment for the supply chain industry.
“We are excited to start our partnership with Tompkins Robotics, a proven scalable and flexible robotic sortation solution,” said Zac Boehm, Vice President of Innovation and Technology at AHS. “By formalizing our partnership, it allows Hy-Tek to add to its existing solutions by not only enhancing our G2P [goods-to-person] technologies, but allowing us to solve inbound, outbound, and product sortation with a scalable robotic solution.”
AHS is a full-service integrator of automated fulfillment and distribution system, with a portfolio that encompasses third-party logistics (3PL), e-commerce, retail, wholesale, food and beverage, and healthcare. The Erlanger, Ky.-based company said it has created strong relationships with partners and clients for 45 years.
AHS added that it uses its partnerships with robotics and equipment manufacturers to solve a wide variety of pain points and exceed customer expectations.
Tompkins Robotics helps AHS deploy sortation faster
Changing economic conditions, a tight labor market, and consumer spending habits require today's supply chains to be adaptable, scalable, and demonstrate a faster return on investment (ROI) than systems of the past, said AHS. It added that Tompkins Robotics' tSort will enable it to deploy robotic sortation faster and more seamlessly than ever before.
“This partnership with Tompkins Robotics offers a simple, low-cost approach to sortation that can be quickly integrated into our customer's distribution and order-fulfillment processes to drive efficiency and increase throughput,” said Collette Henn, senior manager of research and development and software deployment at AHS.
Tompkins Robotics said its systems can be deployed in every node of the supply chain. Small operations can deploy its modular systems in the backroom of a grocery, supercenter, or mall anchor store to large fulfillment centers processing millions of units a day, according to the company.
Tompkins claimed that its robots can maximize performance, making clients “more agile, adaptable, profitable, and successful in today's dynamic marketplace.”
tSort to join Hy-Tek automation offerings
“AHS is a leader in innovative solutions,” said Thompson Brockmann, vice president of operations at Tompkins Robotics. “This partnership gives AHS and the entire Hy-Tek organization the unique ability to leverage their wide range of automated and robotic material handling and fulfillment technologies for a truly integrated solution that delivers an industry-leading value proposition.”
Tompkins' tSort consists of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) that sort a wide range of items and parcels to consolidation points for order fulfillment, store replenishment, returns, or parcel distribution. The company is based on Orlando, Fla.
Columbus, Ohio-based Hy-Tek Material Handling was stablished as a combination of Hy-Tek Material Handling, WorldSource, BP Controls, Fascor, LCS, and AHS. The company acquired Advanced Handling Systems LLC, or AHS, in January.
Hy-Tek is an integrator serving clients in markets and applications including e-commerce, 3PL, and parcel. The company said it is the “premier single-source provider of material handling solutions for a wide range of industries including manufacturing, distribution, retail, construction, food, electronics, and automotive.”
Since 1963, Hy-Tek and its partners—including manufacturers of industrial equipment, conveyors, automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS), racks and shelving—have been providing customers large and small with turnkey systems.
With over 500 employees, Hy-Tek serves customers in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico from offices in Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.